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The Importance of Bone Density Testing

Not very long ago, the common wisdom with regard to aging included the assumption that people naturally lose height as they get older. However, Cairn Marrale, N.P., Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Buffalo Osteoporosis Institute says, “many of the little old ladies and bent-over gentlemen that we see every day are actually shrinking because of osteoporotic fractures in their spine.”

This is a very serious health issue for seniors that weakens bones and leaves them susceptible to fracture. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (, approximately one intwo women and up to one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime.Fortunately, osteoporosis is also a very preventable and treatable condition.

Kelly Schwab, R.T., SeniorTechnician at the Buffalo Osteoporosis Institute, warns that, “Most people feel like, because they have no pain, they are OK. But it’s a silent disease, and unfortunately people sometimes don’t find out about their osteoporosis until they have actually had a fracture.”

“And the other thing that people don’t realize is that getting a bone density, or Dexa Scan done, is really easy. You just lay flat on the table and the machine does the rest. It’s about 15 minutes, totally pain free, and most times you don’t even have to take off your clothes.”

Cairn Marrale adds, “The radiation you get from the test is less than you get from just walking around all day, and the machine gives you a number, or T-score, which is a measurement of the relative density of your bone. It’s a very reliable and safe test, and most insurance companies will pay for one every two years for seniors and those with other risk factors.”

If you would like to inquire about getting a bone density test done, call the Buffalo Osteoporosis Institute at 716-712-BONE (2663). More information is also available online at

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